I couldn’t be more excited to share these photos. Since moving to LA, I’ve become acutely aware that much of the California embraced and showcased is of the beaches, boulevards, and palm trees. While each of these is certainly California, there is really so much more and that so much more is even more beautiful in my opinion. With all this in mind, I’ve been wanting to start a California Series which showcases rural California – the mountain ranges, the history, and most of all the agriculture! My original idea was to combine the urban, chic fashion vibe with the land in a magazine-esque style. I’m still not comfortable with posing for these shots, so please be patient with me…
Rural California Photography – Ojai
Living in Los Angeles, getting out to rural California takes a little work, but luckily it isn’t impossible. These photos were taken just east of Ojai. My photographer and dear, dear friend Karen drove around with me as we tried to find the right place. It did actually take a bit of time to find farms that weren’t lined with palm trees or landscaped in some way to be more picturesque. We found this spot and hung out for a while until just before the sun set. Then we ran around for 20 minutes trying to get in as many shots as we could.
What I love about these photos is not just the farmland, but the more expansive views (hard to get in the city) and those oleanders. Many California highways (and the driveway to my mom’s house) are lined with oleanders – an incredibly sturdy and beautiful plant that thrives in the California sun.
California Designer :: KINDOM Shop
Another component to this California series is that I want to try to feature a California clothing designer in each post. I know a few LA brands but not many, so this part of the series is certainly going to be a stretch for me. For this shoot, I wore the Madison column dress by KINdom Shop – an LA company. The dress is made of 95% bamboo – a sustainable and reclaimed fabric. It also has pockets.